For those unacquainted, the Hamburger Dom is northern Germany’s largest goose fair and takes place over three separate bursts in the year, Spring, Summer and Winter.

It’s the biggest and longest fair that lasts in Germany, drawing almost ten millions visitors from across the country each year. It’s been described as “north Germany’s equivalent of Munich’s Oktoberfest” – except with fewer tourists. In order words, it’s the best way to experience German folk culture, in all its carnivalesque brilliance, if you’re staying in Hamburg. 

Taking place in the St Pauli quarter of the city, Hamburger Dom essentially turns the whole of the Heiligengeistfeld area into a giant fun fair, with carousels, fairground rides and everything good that funfairs can provide, including delicious bratwurst. 

Each Wednesday is family day, and over Easter weekend there will be visits by the Easter bunny, as well as a range of entertainment from various circus acts like clowns and acrobats. Also every Friday – except Good Friday – there is a huge firework display that takes place from 10pm to get you going before the weekend starts. 

If you want to get there from Generator Hamburg take the U3 tram from Hauptbahnhof Süd six stops to St. Pauli.